Opinion / Columnists

By Gary BeginToo many Americans on both sides of the isle allow their favorite elected officials in the state and federal house of representatives and senate to serve and serve and serve and serve ad nauseam. The excuse has always been, "we must re-elect (fill in the blank) because they have...
My friends and critics on the left are always challenging me with the statement, "you are entitled to your own opinion but not to your own facts." Fair enough. The problem with that statement is that both sides of nearly every debate want to only use the facts that support their position and...
Since becoming a 12th District legislator 20 years ago I have avoided endorsing political candidates from my district. The reason is simple: I would be working with the person the voters chose, and by remaining neutral I ensured there would be no hard feelings resulting from the election. Now that...
By LaVendrick SmithWNPA Olympia News BureauOLYMPIA-A controversial bill that would have allowed local agencies to prioritize how they fulfill public records requests is dead.House Bill 2576, which drew criticism from open-government proponents, but had strong support from local government entities...
By Scott WilsonPublisher, Port Townsend LeaderOnce again, our local elected representatives gathered under the great marble dome of the Capitol in Olympia and once again they were greeted by dozens of lobbyists from public agencies or the nonprofit lobby groups for public agencies, all of them are...

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